1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 302 V8


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Replaced driver's side door panel ($100) after purchase.

New driver's side rear door latch ($25 part).

Replaced belt at 217,878 miles.

New master cylinder and brake booster at about 218,000 miles.

Water pump replaced at 224,228 miles.

Oil pressure switch at 227,166 miles.

Rear brakes and power steering pump at 228,600 miles.

Ignition control module, full tune-up, front brakes, and new tires at 230,016 miles.

A/C recharge at 231,021 miles.

General Comments:

I bought this car in October 2010 for $2,000. It had 215k miles, but was in very good shape. I drove it for almost two years in high school, and to and from work. I still drive it in college.

Being the Signature Series, it has a lot of options: power seats, velour seats, auto-dimming headlights, power heated mirrors, trunk closer, keypad, illuminated entry, turbine wheels, true-dual exhaust, carriage roof option, and whitewall tires.

This was the first car I've owned, and it drives very well. I've had no problems passing cars on the freeway or driving down country roads. It's not terribly difficult to drive, and gets comparable gas mileage to the Honda Odyssey van I was driving earlier.

This car gets looks and compliments from many people, and I highly recommend it. Despite the repairs I have listed above, it isn't expensive to fix at all compared to new car payments or expensive computers malfunctioning on newer cars. Parts are very easy to find for this car, considering that about 828,000 of these 80's Town Cars were produced.

The Town Car still runs very strong, despite needing new valve cover gaskets. I have absolutely no plans of selling it, and if anything breaks, I will just fix it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2012

16th Sep 2012, 09:33

My grandparents bought an '89 Town Car in 1993. It was a very nice car. I was pretty young when they had it, but I remember that boat like ride and always loved the styling of that generation (way better than the '99 they bought after). I wish they still made cars like that; now you can't even buy a true full-sized car.

1989 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 302


Wife loves it, and she is a critic. Says all


Transmission at 250,000 miles.

Power steering pump at 400,000 miles.

AC/pump at 225,000 miles.

Radiator at approx. 180,000 miles.

Normal wear and tear items like brakes, tires, hoses, etc.

Painted twice.

Replaced throttle plastic thing with a brass one. Cost 75 cents, saved $1200 in tranny repairs.

General Comments:

Best car I have ever owned. Bought new, I intend to keep till I croak. I'm 72. I will begin showing in our local car shows next year along with my 67 Mustang. This car is in showroom condition, and in my opinion the most beautiful machine built to date by Ford.

I recently drove it 650 miles to SF and back. So far the engine has been very reliable, but at 500K miles I will be replacing the engine and transmission. No use pushing my luck.

I also have a 2010 GT Mustang with approx. 580 Supercharged HP. This is to let you know something about me and cars. If it doesn't kill me, I intend to keep it forever also.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 31st August, 2011

1st Sep 2011, 08:51


"If it doesn't kill me, I intend to keep it forever also."

Looks like either way, you will keep it until you die!

Please stay around! These cars seem to be your fountain of youth.

1st Sep 2011, 16:24

My grandparents had an '89 Town Car that they bought in 1993. They traded it in 2000 for a '99 Town Car. I think the '89 was a far superior car. They just don't make them like that any more.

31st Oct 2012, 20:24

The '80s Lincolns were cool, but they were oddly proportioned compared to the 1970s ones. It was like a little kid trying on its parents clothes. Honestly, the no-compromises luxury Lincolns ended with the 1979 Continental.